Our Upcoming Events

February 2, 2013 - "Light the Way to a Cure." The evening will include dinner, dancing and a fabulous auction. Click here to purchase tickets

Our Mission


The mission of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Auxiliary Board is to be investors in innovation by giving unrestricted grants to establish much-needed research programs at the Foundation, which work toward the prevention, early detection, and treatment of the scores of diseases which we collectively call cancer.


Our Story

The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Auxiliary Board was founded in 1951 by North Shore resident, Stephanie Howell. She and her friends raised $3000 in their first year. The Board was incorporated in 1959 as an official auxiliary of the UCCRF. Since its inception, the Auxiliary Board has raised over almost $3 million for cancer research for the Foundation. In 2006, the Board was named as a recipient of the University's coveted Harper's Society Award for its fundraising efforts.

Today's board is comprised of 25 women who actively work towards raising funds for the three doctors selected to be underwritten. Each doctor receives funds for three years. There are also 28 sustaining and honorary members of the Auxiliary.
Since 2011, the UCCRFAB has been supporting the cancer research efforts of Drs. Jill de Jong, Peter O’Donnell, and Michael Spiotto.  Dr. de Jong is focused on the treatment of children with a variety of cancer and blood diseases.  In addition, she focuses on hematopoietic stem cells and understanding the genes that cause leukemia.   Dr. O’Donnell is dedicated to working to treat patients with genitourinary cancers.   He is specifically dedicated to using the patient’s genetic profile for chemotherapy choices, as well as other therapeutic treatments.  Dr. Spiotto’s research emphasis in the treatment of head and neck cancers is identifying the genes involved in the development of these cancers.  He continues to develop systems to screen for the compound that will target these genes.

The UCCRFAB is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.